Colorado is protecting the use of cash

A bill signed by Gov. Jared Polis this week will mandate Colorado businesses accept cash.

At the onset of the pandemic, many establishments implemented cashless policies due to COVID-19 transmission concerns. The bill, sponsored by two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Alex Valdez and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, was seen as a proactive step to ensuring cashless policies didn't become permanent fixtures across the state.

"This bill really came from hearing from constituents about problems they were having spending cash at their local merchants, everything from grocery to coffee. When the pandemic started, it really exacerbated a problem that had already started... folks were having trouble accessing their staples in life," Valdez said. "I heard from a constituent who was having trouble buying kind of the basics: eggs, milk — things you need to survive with — at the local store. Then, they had to end up walking a great deal distance further to go to a store that did accept cash."

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